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USA: First Run / Icarus Films
Cast: Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino
Director: Marco Turco
USA: 92 mins
USA Release Date: 12 July 2006 (Limited Release - New York)
EXCELLENT CADAVERS chronicles the recent history of the Mafia and its integral and seemingly ineradicable relationship to post war Italian politics. The film is based on the book by Italian-American author Alexander Stille and featuring the photos of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia.
While the Cosa Nostra used to kill only their own, this changed during the Seventies when the Mafia began assassinating prosecutors, judges and others who were fighting them, and thus began producing the "excellent cadavers," as Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia called them.
EXCELLENT CADAVERS focuses on the efforts of two courageous prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, whose efforts in the mid-Eighties led to the Maxi-Trials in Palermo, where, in a heavily protected underground bunker the size of a football field, hundreds of Mafia defendants were tried and convicted.